You may have read or heard about Herman Melville’s book and the whale character named Moby Dick at some point. But did you know the horrific events that followed the sinking of the whaling ship, Essex?
Poster For The 1976 Moby Dick Movie
To most of us, we regard whales as extremely large and docile creatures that have evolved to feed on plankton. These gentle giants swim around in the Earth’s waters and do not harm humans in any way. However, 19th-century literature tells a strange tale; a whale out for revenge.
Could a whale be out there bent on settling an old score?
Whales harbor large complex brains, states Dr. Richard Bevan, a zoologist, and lecturer at Newcastle University. He goes further to add that; a sperm whale can recall incidences of provocation as in harpooning and thus would
Drawing a clear line between Sharks And Whales can get confusing. Learn which is a mammal and which is a fish.
A Whale Shark: Despite being called a Whale Shark and sharing several traits with whales, this creature is a fish not a mammal.
If you are anything like most people, you would have at some point thought sharks and whales, especially the very large species, are similar or even related.
Take the example of the largest sharks and whales, for instance.
The whale shark and the basking shark are filter feeders, so are the grey whales, blue whales, and so on. They are
It’s a Humpback whales versus Killer Whales scuffle. But why are these otherwise gentle whales risking their lives to save seals and other prey from killer whales?
A Killer Whale Hunting A Seal In Antarctica
A marine ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) named Robert Pitman was working with an expedition in Antarctica back in 2009 when he noticed something strange in the water.
According to him, a pack of killer whales (orcas) were hunting a Weddell seal and had succeeded in washing it off an ice floe into the water. As usual, the next thing was to go in for the kill. But suddenly, a pair of Humpback whales swam to the scene.
As he watched in surprise, one of the massive mammals flipped onto its back and carried the seal on its enormous belly. Even when the killer whales came closer to claim their prey, the humpback just arched itself upwards and
There’s a very popular story about a whale swallowing a person. But based on science, can a whale swallow a human being?
Jonah and the Whale (1621) By Pieter Lastman (Public Domain)
If you’re anything like many ocean goers, you may have wondered what it would feel like for a whale to swallow you. Especially if you’ve ever seen one of these absolutely massive creatures in real life.
You’d probably think being swallowed by a whale would be one of the most horrible things that could ever
The Common Minke Whale is the smallest in its suborder and is known for “human watching.”
The Common Minke Whale is one of two species of minke whales both within the suborder of baleen whales.
This whale is the second smallest in size among the baleen whales. The pygmy right whale is the only one that’s smaller. It has a blackish-gray and sometimes purple color with white underbelly. A white band on each flipper distinguishes the common minke whales from others of its kind.
The common minke whale was initially ignored by commercial whalers during the whaling era because of its
The Sei Whale is the fourth largest baleen whale and an endangered species.
Sei Whale Mother With Her Calf (Photo: NOAA)
The Sei Whale is another baleen whale and it’s the fourth largest of them after the Blue Whale, the Fin Whale, and the Humpback Whale.
Although it prefers deeper offshore waters, it’s often sighted in most oceans and adjoining seas.
Typically, its body is colored dark steel gray with irregular light grayish to white markings towards the front of the lower body. The Sei whale’s skin is commonly marked with distinct crater-shaped scars caused by wounds